Phil Everly, of the Everly Brothers, dead at 74

Phil Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of many has died, at the age of 74.

Everly died on Friday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a Burbank hospital, according to his family.

Phil and Don Everly helped draw the blueprint of rock 'n' roll in the late 1950s and 1960s with a high harmony that captured the yearning and angst of a nation of teenage baby boomers
looking for a way to express themselves beyond the simple platitudes of the pop music of the day.

The Beatles, early in their career, once referred to themselves as "the English Everly Brothers.''

And Bob Dylan once said, "We owe these guys everything. They started it all.''

The Everlys' hit records included the then-titilating "Wake Up Little Susie'' and the universally identifiable "Bye Bye Love.''

 

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  1. Chris Eustace posted on 01/04/2014 05:51 AM
    January 4, 2013

    Very sad news, indeed.

    The Everly brothers' singing style epitomized an age of innocence.

    No question, they " touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of many..."

    Rest in peace 'brother.'

    Chris Eustace
  2. Chris Eustace posted on 01/05/2014 03:52 PM
    January 5, 2014

    Further to my earlier comment.

    I recall over 50 years ago, dancing many a " slow" song of the Everly Brothers, at St. Philips Church in Montreal West....CJAD's Club 800 ran the dances with host Mike Stevens, who had a radio show in the afternoons ( I vaguely recall).

    I remember dashing over from Steinbergs, a large grocery store, where I was a wrapper at 65 cents an hour, at around 9: 30. p.m. on Fridays, to attend Montreal's version of Dick Clarks 'Dance Party.'

    At one of those dances I met my flame , later to be mother of my boys...indeed, very pleasant memories...

    Chris Eustace
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